July 2, 2010
Former BSC standout Brandon Hynick thriving with Birmingham Barons
Birmingham is no new territory for former Panther Baseball player Brandon Hynick. While he originally hails from North Royalton, Ohio, Hynick spent three seasons pitching for Birmingham-Southern where he compiled sixteen wins and finished third in school history with 213 strikeouts.
Hynick was taken by the Colorado Rockies in the eighth round of the 2006 MLB Draft, and has done nothing but impress during his time in the minor leagues. In just his first professional season, Hynick garnered his first major honor, when he named a Pioneer League All-Star and Pitcher of the Year for 2006.
2007 was much of the same for the right-hander, as he was named Baseball America’s Minor League Pitcher of the Year after going 16-5 with a 2.52 ERA with the Modesto Nuts. He also earned California League Pitcher of the Year, MLB.com’s Class A Advanced Pitcher of the Year and was tabbed as having the best changeup and control in the Colorado farm system.
2008 and 2009 brought more success for Hynick as he totaled 10 wins in both seasons and two Pitcher of the Week awards as he progressed through the Rockies organization. The highlight of Hynick’s career came with the AAA Colorado Springs Sky Sox in July of 2009, when he tossed a perfect game against the Portland Beavers, which was only the ninth perfect game in the Pacific League’s history.
A perfect game surely puts you in the running for major league call up, but Hynick was traded to the Chicago White Sox before he got the chance in Colorado. He was dealt to Chicago for veteran major leaguer Jose Contreras, as the Rockies needed immediate help in their rotation. The White Sox clearly valued Hynick, sending away a pitcher with over a thousand MLB innings pitched in Contreras. Hynick got one start with Chicago’s AAA team before the end of the season, where he got the win, and laid a foundation with the organization for 2010.
After battling some arm troubles during spring training, Hynick was assigned to a familiar place, the White Sox AA affiliate Birmingham Barons in 2010. Since his arrival in the Magic City on May 22nd, Hynick has been nothing short of spectacular. In eight starts, he’s gone at least six innings five times, while totaling a 3-1 record and a 2.28 ERA in 47 innings pitched. Consistency has been the name of the game for Hynick in 2010, and with his lights out control and a minor league career record of 44-25, he will look to continue to advance in the White Sox organization.